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The Ice Man’s Curse follows a scientist tasked with looking at some tissue samples and ends up in a race against time to stop a mysterious illness. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
A half-remembered comment about viral diseases so virulent they completely wiped out tiny villages in medieval Europe, and since all the people were dead, the viruses died too. That is something like what used to happen in villages in central and eastern Africa. Ebola would show up and wipe everyone out before there was a chance to spread the disease to larger cities. Then a good road was built across Africa, and a disease that had been self-limiting threatened to become a pandemic.
What was your approach to writing the interactions between characters?
Those were based on my memories of the characters I’d encountered in small towns as I grew up and later as I practiced large animal veterinary medicine.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The importance of love, the dedication and hard work of scientists and medical staff, the rock-solid certainty that in any bad situation, some damned fool will make it worse.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
“Stalking Throckmorton,” a tale about a man who searches for his great-grandfather’s buried wealth while a murderer watches him will be released in March. “Last Gasp,” another Throckmorton mystery, is in preparation. No release date has been set.
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